The start of the new school year is only a few weeks away, and let's face it - everyone is feeling a little uneasy. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted our lives in more ways than one. Our education system has been one of the hardest hit institutions. 

Educators across the country are preparing for a school year that will include face masks, online instruction, and ever-changing safety precautions as the world continues to learn more about the novel coronavirus.

The importance of teachers in our lives was laid bare at the beginning of quarantine. Parents were suddenly faced with helping their students through remote learning, stepping into the role of educator as their student was connected to the classroom only through a computer screen. 

Remember that feeling months ago, singing the praises of the educators in your students life, wondering how we ever lived without them? We're trying to recapture that emotion. 

Now more than ever, it's time to remind our educators that they are appreciated and valued as they risk their health stepping into the classroom every day. 

That's why we've created "Educator of the Week" as a way to give thanks to the educators in your lives that are making a difference every day. 

Use the form below to nominate an educator you'd like to see honored:

Make sure you note which county your school district is located in. For example, if your student attends Mount Vernon City Schools, you'll choose Knox County. 

Each week, we will shine the spotlight on the educators you nominate in our brand-new education newsletter for Richland, Ashland and Knox County. 

In addition to keeping you up-to-date as best we can on reopening plans and changes, this newsletter will highlight the unique ways teachers, administrators and students are handling education in the time of COVID-19. 

Click here to subscribe to our new education newsletter for Knox County.

If you have any questions about Educator of the Week or our new education newsletter, feel free to reach out to reporter Grant Pepper at

In the meantime, stay tuned to Knox Pages for more COVID-19 coverage as it relates to school beginning again this fall. 

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